Taraji P. Henson on the EMPIRE state of mind – Exclusive Interview

Taraki P. Henson in EMPIRE - Season 1 | ©2015 Fox/Michael Lavine

In Fox’s new drama EMPIRE, created by Danny Strong and Lee Daniels, we are in the world of hip-hop music. The new series introduces us to music mogul Lucious Lyon, played by Terrence Howard. Lucious is suffering from a serious illness and struggles to retain power while also trying to plan his legacy. Son Jamal, played by Jussie Smollett, is perhaps the most talented and qualified choice, but Jamal is gay, and Lucious cannot bear that. Challenging Lucious on virtually everything is his ex-wife Cookie, played by Taraji P. Henson. Henson and Howard previously worked together in 2005’s HUSTLE & […]Read On »

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The scoop on MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER – Exclusive Interview with producers Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters

Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter in MARVEL'S AGENT CARTER | © 2015 Marvel/Katrin Marchinowski

ABC is keeping the writing/executive-producing team of Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas very busy. The duo remain as show runners on the supernatural drama RESURRECTION, in its second season Sundays at 9 PM, and are also show runners on the new MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER, which has its two-hour premiere Tuesday at 8 PM before settling into its regular 9 PM slot. AGENT CARTER stars Hayley Atwell as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Peggy Carter, introduced as the WWII-era colleague and love interest of Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, in 2011’s feature CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER. With Cap missing and feared dead in […]Read On »

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The scoop on Season 5 of DOWNTON ABBEY from executive producer Gareth Neame – Exclusive Interview

Jim Carter as Mr. Carson and Phyllis Logan as Mrs. Hughes in DOWNTON ABBEY - Season 5 | ©2015 Carnival Films/Nick Briggs

DOWNTON ABBEY commences its fifth season on PBS Sunday, January 4, at 9 PM. The beloved British import chronicling the lives of the titled Crawley family and their servants is now firmly immersed in the Twenties, when social change is afoot. Executive producer Gareth Neame, also one of the executive producers of SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED, which will have a new season on PBS as well, takes a moment to talk about DOWNTON‘s international success. ASSIGNMENT X: There were a few shows that preceded DOWNTON ABBEY that were trying to do something like UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS, which did not succeed. Then DOWNTON came […]Read On »

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Lenora Crichlow aids love with A TO Z – Exclusive Interview

Lenora Crichlow as Stephie in A TO Z - Season 1 - " G is for Geronimo" | ©2014 NBC/Chris Haston

In NBC’s Thursday-night half-hour comedy A TO Z, we see everything about the courtship of Adam (Ben Feldman) and Zelda (Cristin Milloti), who date each other for eight months, three weeks, five days and one hour. Lenora Crichlow plays Zelda’s best friend Stephie, a lawyer who has a lot of insecurities about her own romantic life. Crichlow, originally from London, England, became known to American audiences on BBC America’s airings of the original British BEING HUMAN as the self-sacrificing ghost Annie, who’s in love with a relapsing vampire. More recently, she costarred in ABC’s comedy BACK IN THE GAME as […]Read On »

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Showrunner Gary Glasberg on NCIS and NCIS: NEW ORLEANS – Exclusive Interview

Scott Bakula in NCIS: NEW ORLEANS - Season 1 | ©2014 CBS/Skip Bolen

Gary Glasberg is a busy man. He continues to be show runner and executive producer on CBS’ long-running ratings champ NCIS, now in its twelfth season Tuesdays at 8 PM, and he’s co-creator/executive producer of NCIS’ second spin-off, NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, also a ratings winner in its first season Tuesdays at 9 PM. Glasberg guided NCIS through a potentially rocky patch in Season 11, when longtime regular Cote de Pablo, who played Ziva David, abruptly left the show. Additionally, Ralph Waite, who played Jackson Gibbs, the father of lead Mark Harmon’s Leroy Gibbs, passed away in real life, something that […]Read On »

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Paul Weitz conducts MOZART IN THE JUNGLE for Amazon – Exclusive Interview

MOZART IN THE JUNGLE poster | ©2014 Amazon

Based on the novel by Blair Tindall, MOZART IN THE JUNGLE is a comedy/drama about the world of a New York symphony orchestra. The series, which was made by Amazon Studios for Amazon Prime, debuted on the streaming service December 23. Gael Garcia Bernal stars as the symphony’s self-assured new conductor Rodrigo, Malcolm McDowell plays irascible former conductor Thomas, Saffron Burrows portrays commanding Cynthia and Lola Kirke is young, new-to-town oboist Hailey. Paul Weitz, whose big-screen directing credits include AMERICAN PIE (with his brother Chris), ABOUT A BOY and ADMISSION, directed the MOZART pilot and has become an executive producer […]Read On »

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GOTHAM actor Cory Michael Smith on being the future Riddler – Exclusive Interview

Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma in GOTHAM - Season 1 | ©2014 Fox/Michael Lavine

In Fox’s GOTHAM, Mondays at 8 PM, we are in the DC Comics-originated world of Batman before Batman exists as a superhero. Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) is still a youth, just beginning to think about how he’d like to fight crime in this corrupt city; James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) is not yet the police commissioner, but possibly the only honest homicide detective on the Gotham police force; Selena Kyle (Camren Bicondova) is a homeless teen who loves cats and is great at climbing, but she’s not yet Catwoman. Of Batman’s eventual foes, only Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) – who […]Read On »

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BONES star Michaela Conlin on favorite episodes and more – Exclusive Interview

Michaela Conlin in BONES - Season 10 | ©2014 Fox/Brian Bowen Smith

Fox’s BONES is now in its tenth season, currently airing Thursdays at 9 PM. Michaela Conlin, who has played artist/computer whiz Angela Montenegro for all two hundred BONES episodes (and counting) makes herself available for a brief chat about her favorite moments from last season and what else she’s been doing. ASSIGNMENT X: You probably can’t talk much about Season 10 yet, but do you have a favorite episode or a favorite scene from Season 9? MICHAELA CONLIN: I really loved the wedding [of Emily Deschanel’s Brennan and David Boreanaz’s Booth]. Definitely, the wedding was a highlight, as was the […]Read On »

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ASCENSION star Brian Van Holt lifts off – Exclusive Interview

Brian Van Holt as Captain William Denninger in ASCENSION | ©2014 Syfy/Diego Uchite

Syfy’s miniseries ASCENSION, which runs in three two-hour blocks this week, is set in space – in the present. In creator Adrian Cruz’s premise, President Kennedy secretly authorized a project to send a number of people on what will be a hundred-year mission to reach the nearest inhabitable planet, which will be the salvation of the human race if Earth is destroyed by the nuclear threat that then seemed imminent. It’s now fifty years into the journey. The population aboard the Ascension has reached six hundred, though no one aboard has any contact with Earth or indeed even knows if […]Read On »

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GRACEPOINT actress Jessica Lucas on the Fox series and the EVIL DEAD remake – Exclusive Interview

Jessica Lucas in GRACEPOINT - Season 1 | ©2014 Fox/Mathieu Young

In Fox’s GRACEPOINT, which has its first-season finale tonight, Thursday December 11 at 9 PM, the small California coastal town has been all but ripped apart by the murder of young Danny Solano. As in BROADCHURCH, the U.K. series that is GRACEPOINT’s source material, an out of town reporter is one of those most responsible for stirring things up, to the point where one local commits suicide due to a campaign of harassment in the press. Here, the reckless journalist is called Renee Fleming. She’s played by Jessica Lucas, who was also one of the leads in last season’s CULT […]Read On »

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